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SUPERHOT Beta

The SUPERHOT Kickstarter page announces that a beta version is now available those who have backed this MOBA with at least $40.00 (thanks Polygon). They offer a new trailer to show off what this entails, and here's the accompanying explanation:

Ladies and gentlemen, we’re hyped to announce that the beta has just been sent out to everyone eligible! Thank you one more time for your awesome support and trust, for spreading the word of SUPERHOT and for all the love we got from you! This is a great day for us, and I hope it will be a great day for you too, once you find the SUPERHOT beta steam-key in your email inbox and activate it in the steam app!

Take your time and enjoy it! And once you're done, let us know if you liked it! Either by sending us an email, tweeting or on the secret backer forum. Also, feel free to post screenshots / videos of the beta if you'd like to, we're cool with that.

Note that the beta is limited, we only send it to the people who pledged the $40 tier and above. We’re a bit shy to release an unfinished game, but were doing it exclusively for you! There is no way to “buy into” the beta.

Continue here to read the full story.

Browder: Heroes of the Storm Addressing MMR & Leoric Backdooring

Dustin Browder has replied to a couple of concerns about Heroes of the Storm on Twitter, addressing one ongoing issue about the MOBA as well as a newer one. The major issue is the game's matchmaking ranking/rating/ratio (MMR) system that many players consider broken for its tendency to create imbalanced games. Responding to a tweet with a screenshot illustrating the problem, the HotS game director tweets: "@itsNobbie @BlizzHeroes Team is on it. Thanks for the feedback." He also responded to another tweet pointing to a video of a player using the new Leoric character's trait of respawning in place after death to attempt to "backdoor" a victory by relentlessly assaulting the enemy base. Though the effort shown in the video was unsuccessful, the tactic is still an unintended consequence, and he replies to this by saying: "@Lichb0rn Will fix." Continue here to read the full story.

Bashiok Leaving Blizzard

A World of Warcraft forum post from Bashiok announces this prominent community manager is parting ways with Blizzard after almost 12 years as one of the most visible presences on their forums (thanks Ten Ton Hammer). As he explains, he is leaving of his own volition:

Anyway, Blizzard—and the community that surrounds it—has defined almost my entire adult life, and I am just so absolutely grateful to all of my friends here for having such an incredible and positive impact on who I am, and who I am yet to become. I don’t think I’ve had to make any decisions as difficult as the one to leave Blizzard, but a new opportunity has come my way, and I’ve decided to take it.

Saturday Previews

Saturday Consolidation

Saturday Mobilization

Saturday Metaverse

Saturday Tech Bits

Saturday Safety Dance

Saturday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

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Out of the Blue

Happy birthday MTV, as the network that gave me my first real job turns 34 years old today.

"And now we meet in an abandoned studio. You hear the playback and it seems so long ago. And you remember the jingles used to go, oh-a-oh. You were the first one. Oh-a-oh. You were the last one. Video killed the radio star, video killed the radio star. It's in my mind and in my car. We can't rewind, we've gone too far!"

R.I.P.: Rowdy Roddy Piper. Thanks nin.

Video Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Rumble in the Soup.
Monkey Go Happy Madness.
Science: Ebola vaccine trial in Guinea suggests it’s 100% effective.
Images: Adding a Big Daddy to a thrift store painting.
Media: Google Translate vs. “La Bamba.”
Stunt Doesn't Go As Planned - Or Does it? NSFW.
Rubik's Cube Magician Steven Brundage fools Penn & Teller.


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Friday, Jul 31, 2015

Don't Starve: Shipwrecked Announced

Klei Entertainment announces Don't Starve: Shipwrecked, an expansion coming this fall to Windows, OS X, and Linux. They illustrate the news with an announcement trailer, and here's word:

Sail to adventure through the treacherous seas of Don't Starve: Shipwrecked!

Klei Entertainment has partnered with our friends at Capy, creators of Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery, Super Time Force and Below; to bring fans of Don’t Starve the latest single-player expansion: Don’t Starve: Shipwrecked!

With new playable characters, biomes, creatures and seasonal effects; Wilson and the whole Don’t Starve cast of characters embark on a sea-bound journey of exploration, adaptation and of course, starvation.

Continue here to read the full story.

Mighty No. 9 Delayed

Mighty No. 9 is delayed until next year after previously being expected this fall, reports GameInformer.com, suggesting developer Comcept is resisting officially announcing this for fear of further disrupting their RED ASH Kickstarter. The release date listed by e-tailers for the crowdfunded Mega Man-inspired game shifted, and GameInformer took advantage of contacts at parent company GameStop to confirm that such changes are publisher-driven, saying:

GameStop (Disclosure: GameStop is Game Informer’s parent company) tells us on background that notification of delays such as this one are initiated by the publisher. This includes placeholder dates that are put in place when a game is first listed or, in this case, delayed. This indicates that the 2016 placeholder was driven by Deep Silver and Comcept, both of whom we've reached out to for comment.

Deep Silver declined to comment on the matter and Comcept did not return our request for a statement by publication. We’ll update should either get back to us.

The Witcher III Patch Notes

Patch 1.08 Notes are now available for The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, revealing plans for the next update for CD Projekt RED's RPG sequel. This will help prepare for their upcoming Game + feature and also includes a number of fixes and tweaks, including: "Overall improvements to performance, including some issues that may have been caused by 1.07." Thanks DSOGaming.

Assetto Corsa Patch Adds Content

A new patch is now available for Assetto Corsa on Steam, updating the VR-friendly racing game (currently on sale for half-off) to version 1.2. This change log has complete details on the patch, while the accompanying post has details on a new free content pack also now available for the game:

New Content
Regarding the selection of the new cars, the Alfa Romeo Mito Quadrifoglio Verde joins the fight versus the 500 Abarth EsseEsse and can also teach a thing or two against some older RWD machinery; the Audi Quattro is a legendary car so loved by car enthusiasts. The Audi had over 300bhp and 4 wheel drive in the mid 80s. A tuned step1 version with locked differentials and more power has been added to satisfy the hardcore car enthusiasts! The Lamborghini Miura SV is the first Lamborghini model officially added in Assetto Corsa. It defined the term supercar back in the 60s and now we give you the opportunity to drive this million value piece of car history. The Toyota GT86 is a very balanced car, and for this reason, maybe is one of the most wanted model included in the new package. This car has been developed in cooperation with RSR Nurburg, that knows each single secret of this modern hachi-roku (eighty six), a car that makes every car enthusiast yell with excitement and every tyre tremble with fear. The Nissan GT-R Nismo introduces in Assetto Corsa the active central differential and it's the second 4WD car now available after the Alfa Romeo 155 DTM.

The Circuit of Zandvoort, a well-known motorsport race track located in the dunes north of Zandvoort, Netherlands, is the latest addition of the new build: the circuit gained popularity because of its fast, sweeping corners such as Scheivlak as well as the "Tarzanbocht" (Tarzan corner) hairpin at the end of the start/finish straight. Tarzanbocht is the most famous corner in the circuit. Since there is a camber in the corner, it provides excellent overtaking opportunities. It is possible to pass around the outside as well as the easier inside lane.

Steamship Ahoy - Dream

Steam News announces the official release of Dream, which is now out of Early Access, offering a 20% launch discount. The launch trailer came out a couple of weeks ago, and this post details the changes in the release version. Here's a rundown: "Dream is an exploration game that takes place within the subconscious mind of Howard Phillips, a young man whose waking hours are tedious and dull, but whose dreams are lucid and powerful." Continue here to read the full story.

Steamship Ahoy - Cosmonautica

Cosmonautica for Windows is now available on Steam, offering what indie developer Chasing Carrots calls "a different kind of space sim," which offers a "funky blend of The Sims and Elite." This is also available for mobiles, and offers cross-platform support. There are two oddities for now, one is that their announcement says OS X and Linux versions are offered, but we don't see them, and they also note that the game should be carrying a launch discount, and they are working with Valve to get this worked out. A new release trailer offers a look at the game, and here's the announcement:

Start the thrusters, chart a course and get in the captain’s chair as award-winning, screwball space simulation game Cosmonautica from independent video game developer Chasing Carrots launches on Steam (PC/OSX/Linux) for $14.99 and mobile (iOS/Android) for $6.99. A wacky and humorous space game that combines elements of trading and crew simulation, Cosmonautica has players start to captain a washed-up space cruiser as they explore a universe filled with colorful characters and funky space tunes.

Cosmonautica releases with detailed and amusing simulation gameplay that users can play at home or on the go thanks to cross-platform play. With a myriad of player feedback from a stint in Early Access, Cosmonautica launches with a bevy of new content, including new game missions, a variety of spaceships and improved gameplay.

Continue here to read the full story.

Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces Trailer

A new trailer from Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces wraps up their "Know Your Units" series with a look at The Emplacements. Word is: "The fourth and final installment in the ‘Know Your Units’ video series for Company of Heroes 2: The British Forces, Relic unveils the Emplacement units. Featuring three variations including a 17-Pounder AT Gun, 40mm AA Gun, and the 3 Inch Mortar, the Emplacements help turn the tide of victory with their versatile anti-aircraft, anti-infantry and support style units." Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

Evening Patches

Evening Interviews

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Previews

Evening Consolidation

Evening Mobilization

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Safety Dance

Evening Legal Briefs

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  • Derek Smart may not be able to play Star Citizen, but some say it looks like he's in the game as a character. Thanks theyarecomingforyou…
  • Matrix Games now offers box upgrades for some of their digital games…

Into the Black

Sébastien Loeb Rally EVO Delayed

The official website for Sébastien Loeb Rally EVO announces a delay to the off-road racing game, saying it is now due early next year after previously being excreted this fall (thanks DSOGaming). Here's the deal:

Milestone announces that Sébastien Loeb Rally Evo, originally scheduled for release on October 2015 on Xbox One®, the all-in-one games and entertainment system, PlayStation®4 and Windows PC/Steam, now will be available “Early 2016”.

“Sébastien Loeb Rally EVO is the biggest project ever made by Milestone since now. We’ve decided to postpone it to focus more on the title development. This release date change will offer to the players a rally simulation that represents a higher quality on the videogame experience”, affirms Luisa Bixio, V.P. Milestone.

Currently in development at Milestone studios in Italy, Sébastien Loeb Rally Evo will be available “Early 2016” on Xbox One, PlayStation®4 and PC/Steam

World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Bonus Weekend

Blizzard announces a bonus event is now underway in World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor, offering bonus rewards in the MMORPG through Monday:

Through the end of the day on Monday, it’s a fine time to venture into Draenor dungeons, as this week’s Bonus Event rewards you with reputations gains when you defeat dungeon enemies on Heroic and Mythic difficulties.

Make sure to pick up the event-only quest Emissary of War in your Garrison before you head out. It rewards an Iron Fleet Treasure Chest (containing one Hellfire Citadel Heroic quality item) that you won’t want to pass up.

Earlier this week, we asked you to choose your favorite boss encounter in Draenor dungeons. Cast your vote here!

Endless Space 2 Announced

Amplitude Studios announces Endless Space 2, an ironically titled sequel to their award-winning 4X space-strategy game. They offer a 20-second amplified reality teaser trailer as well as an interactive video to show off the new game, which will make its official debut next week at Gamescom, though they indicate there are "secrets" buried within the interactive clip that could reveal more of their plans between now and then. Here's word:

Following a huge community effort to uncover clues, award-winning developer Amplitude Studios announced the debut of the fourth game in the Endless series, Endless Space 2. The sequel to the two-time Unity-award winning Endless Space, Amplitude’s latest title features more turn-based, 4X space-strategy that launches players into the space colonisation age of various civilizations within the Endless universe.

Endless Space 2 will make its debut at gamescom 2015 in Cologne, Germany. For media interested in a first-look demo, please contact ICO Partners at pr@icopartners.com.

Amplitude’s GAMES2GETHER community participated in an internet scavenger hunt to collect various clues that eventually lead to the reveal of Endless Space 2 in an “Amplified Reality” trailer. The interactive trailer is available HERE, follow the on-screen instructions to interact.

The “Amplified Reality” trailer offers players the chance to watch a mysterious timeline unravel, with further information on the game revealed through interacting at particular moments. Amplitude’s GAMES2GETHER community has quickly discovered that the trailer links to elements from the original Endless Space, Dungeon of the Endless and Endless Legend. Further secrets are still embedded within the trailer, however. Players can join Amplitude’s GAMES2GETHER programme to become part Endless Space 2’s development, and unlock the first revealed hero for the game.

Continue here to read the full story.

Worms WMD Revealed

Gamereactor UK has first details on Worms WMD, a new installment in Team17's strategy series based around surprisingly well-armed invertebrates, noting that their new conflict will include tanks to drive and buildings to enter. They have a preview along with a video interview discussing the project and showing snippets of gameplay. They also offer some excerpts with the first details on the game, which remains true to its hand-painted 2D roots, though they are redesigning the worms for a slightly new look. "This new worm, he's all new, he is a redesign. We're looking for something that looks a bit more contemporary, something that looks a bit more modern," explains Team17 creative manager Kevin Carthew. "The two art styles are purposefully contrasting; the landscape looks like hand painted images, the worm looks a lot simpler, clean lines. He's a little bit more angular. And that's intentionally done because it makes it visually more easy to read for the player. It's obvious what should be the landscape, and what are the interactive elements."

Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns Beta Event Next Weekend

NCSOFT and ArenaNet announce a beta event will take place next weekend for Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, their MMORPG expansion. They explain they will lead up to this by showing off the add-on next week at Gamescom:

NCSOFT and ArenaNet™, publisher and developer of the acclaimed Guild Wars franchise, today announced that the first publicly accessible beta for Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns will get a preview on the show floor at gamescom then launch worldwide as the first official Beta Weekend Event for players who pre-purchased the game. The studio will debut a demo showcasing a portion of the content that’s playable in the beta test on the show floor starting on gamescom’s opening day on Wednesday, August 5, and running until the show ends on Sunday, August 9. ArenaNet is partnered with Twitch at gamescom and will have demo stations open to all attendees at the Twitch booth (Hall 9, Booth A-060).

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Previews

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • Addonics AD2U31PX2 USB 3.1 2-Port PCIe 2X Add-On Card on TweakTown.
  • Amped Wireless TAP-EX2 AC750 Wireless Range Extender on TweakTown.
  • Corsair Obsidian Series 750D Airflow Series on HARDOCP.
  • Crucial Ballistix Elite DDR4-2666 MHz 4x 4 GB on techPowerUp.
  • EVGA GeForce GTX 960 SSC ACX 2.0 on ocaholic.
  • G.Skill Ripjaws DDR4 2400MHz 16GB Kit on pcGameware.
  • Intel Core i7 5775C on Overclockers Club.
  • Kingston HyperX Savage 240gb SSD on Technogog.
  • The LG G4 on AnandTech.
  • SteelSeries QcK XXL Gaming Mousepad on Legit Reviews.
  • Tesoro Lobera Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Nikk Tech.
  • XFX R9 390 Double Dissipation Core Edition on LAN OC.

etc.

Out of the Blue

Some very preliminary talks have taken place about doing some tweaking to the design here, something I like to consider every ten years or so, whether it seems needed or not. Things I would like to accomplish include turning the rarely used side menu to drop-down top menu, consolidating all the other side-content and ads into a single side column, and getting the site to work a little better on smartphones. While change can be jarring, I think all that can be accomplished without significantly harming the look and feel of the site, while still making it a bit less clunky. History suggests that further progress on such an undertaking will be slow (if not nonexistent), so there should be adequate time to offer feedback on the plan. Feel free to chime in.

R.I.P.: Miami doctor James Jude, who pioneered CPR, dies at 87. Thanks Slashdot via Ant.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Tough Love Machine.
My Dolphin Show 7.
Stories: Golf club hunts mystery man who keeps shitting in the holes. TMI warning.
Game of Thrones Could Last Longer Than You Think. Readers hunt for man shitting on their books.
Science: Humans cling to their primal fear of the dark. Thanks Slashdot.
How do ants synchronize to move really big stuff?
Image: Ruins of ancient Asus civilization.
The Funnies: Summer in the City Cartoon - Savage Chickens.



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